BOSTON, MA – Boston MedFlight’s annual patient reunion aims to offer closure following traumatic events, connecting patients and staff to celebrate the life-saving services it provides every day.
More than 350 patients and family members gathered at the MedFlight headquarters in Bedford on Sunday where many connected for the first time in an environment removed from the traumatic circumstances that surrounded their lifesaving transport.
The group enjoyed music, food, games for kids and tours of the helicopters, plane and ambulances used by Boston MedFlight to transport patients.
“Patients encounter our Boston MedFlight staff on what is often the worst day of their lives,” said Maura Hughes, CEO of Boston MedFlight. “The Patient Reunion can provide a degree of closure to that traumatic day. Our team really looks forward to this event every year to reconnect with patients in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.”
Boston MedFlight is the region’s primary provider of critical care medical transport by air and ground, caring for more than 4,600 patients annually, including the most critically ill and injured infants, children and adults.
The nonprofit organization provides over $4 million in free and unreimbursed care to patients in need with little or no medical insurance.
“This is such a wonderful event that Boston MedFlight puts on each year,” said Lowell Lyon of Lexington, whose daughter was transported as a newborn in 2017 from a local community hospital to a Boston medical center while suffering life-threatening complications at birth.
“My daughter is now almost two-years old. She has successfully hit all of her milestones and continues to keep us on our toes. Boston MedFlight helped save her life and they will continue to be a part of our lives.”